Monday, April 24, 2017


Back from Paternity Leave -- returning to regularly scheduled programming, already in progress. . .

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Sixteen days in and really looking forward to the day when the munchkin finds something else to be proud of other than when she has a good poo while sitting in my lap. . .

Saturday, April 15, 2017


"But now and then there are Saturdays. Big temporal tipping points when anything's possible. . ."

Dakotah with a Sonic Screwdriver

Friday, April 14, 2017


Eleven days in and a little amazed how much I am drawing upon my old RU horse handling skills of patience and maintaining calming body language, trust building, deciphering behavioral tells, scheduled feedings, stall cleanup, and etc whilst taking care of Madelyn from one moment to the next.

Monday, April 10, 2017


If rule #1 of airline customer service is not to treat your paying customers as if they're committing a crime when trying to use the ticket they've clearly paid for. . .

. . .Can we also agree rule #1 of airline public relations is not to blame the customer for your actions (particularly when everybody on the plane had a camera phone)?

Holy crackers

Friday, April 7, 2017

And Now This. . .

Quick update on the saga that is Madelyn Amelia. . .

We got discharged from THR Presby Denton on Thursday afternoon, and we're back home now trying to figure out when to sleep in the middle of the random Munchkin needs. I'm guessing when she turns 19 years old. Perhaps a bit wishful.

Whatever the case -- all of Madelyn's post-delivery tests came back good, and we were released with only the typical guidance of feeding/changing schedules, future doctor's visits, legal paperwork, and what not. We're very happy, taking as many photos as we can, and deeply looking forward to all the memories yet to come.

Beyond the quick status update, I also want to take a moment to thank again everybody who chimed in over the last few days since the big reveal.

There were those who showed up (announced and otherwise) to wait out in the lobby during the uncertainties of Day 0.

Those who made it oh so clear they wanted to be there, only to have me either wave them off with my thanx -- or -- because of the complexities with their own schedules and distance, it was simply impossible to be here.

Those who chimed in after the fact publicly and privately with well wishes and gifts, from friends I've known for 22+ years (so long that I can't really remember), others from whom I have lost touch with after drifting apart due to life and such, and still others I've known only for just over 130 days. (And clearly just about every example in between)

Those who have (and continue to) added to my perspective by sharing insights drawn from their own experiences.

And clearly, those who's actions fall into other buckets I forget at this moment given how much the week has been a blur.

All have been beyond heartwarming, and it is (one of) the understatement(s) of the moment for me say how much they have been appreciated.

I will do my best to thank everybody individually. But if I miss you directly, please know it's not a reflection of absent gratitude -- rather only one of absent sleep and/or memory.

Awesome times -- (as always) text/email to reach out.

And now -- returning to regularly scheduled programming, already in progress. . .

Thursday, April 6, 2017


That moment when you are moved by your 3-day old daughter softly holding her head with her hand when she's sleeping on your chest -- and you look closer and notice she's also flipping you the bird.

(That's my daughter, no doubt)


Is it appropriate to take a 3 day old and reenact the opening scene of The Lion King when being discharged from the hospital?

(Asking for a friend)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Concluding Day 1 of the Madelyn Amelia Experience

Quick update on what's happened in the last 24 hours. . .

Madelyn herself (on Day 1 at least) seems to be continuing the theme of her arrival -- crying only for a moment here and there, spending the rest of her wakening time moving her eyes around trying to figure out the world around while also making clicking sounds when she's about to spit up. She's also passed all the standard medical tests given to this point without issue while also being a constant source of amusement to all involved.

Simply put -- everybody's still awesome and we're solving the typical first-day newborn challenges of disrupted sleep cycles and taking care of a poop machine.

Some pictures of the day are below. More to come. . .
Sleeping in the hospital bassinet, wrapped up tight in her blanket

Later while laying in my lap inbetween meals

Alicia and her Mom having 1:1 moments

Wrapped up tight in her swaddle, reacting to something (I probably said) with an appropriate facepalm

Monday, April 3, 2017

So This Happened. . .

Introducing Madelyn Amelia Marcinko, born all of 6 lbs 6 oz and 19.25 inches @ 10:29 PM on April 3rd, 2017
"She's precocious, and she knows just what it takes to make a crow blush"

Some quick backstory. Alicia and I found out we were pregnant the somewhere near the end of last August. We purposely didn't formally announce beyond a handful of friends/family, choosing instead to keep the news largely to ourselves just in case things were not meant to be.

But every test we took along the way came back goodness. And now on this day, all is confirmed. Mother and daughter are both healthy. And I can't remember a time when I've been more proud.

Thank you to all for your heartfelt thoughts and well wishes -- and your understanding on why we decided to withhold the news for so long,

More to come in the days, weeks, and years to come. In the meantime, some of the many pictures we've taken along the way are below.

Awesome times -- text/email to reach out.

August, soon after we found out

September, when the Munchkin was trying to imitate a cat playing with a ball of yarn

October, when we found out we were having a girl

December, heading into the Second Trimester

January, and things continued to be awesome

February, during one of the few times when Madelyn was not messing with the Sono Tech

March, and the start of the final countodown

A couple of days before Madelyn was born